Disabled World Travel: Accessible Disability Travel Information
Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-07
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Synopsis: Information on accessible travel for persons with disabilities with reviews of tours, cruises, flights, and wheelchair accessible accommodation. Accessible tourism is the ongoing endeavor to ensure tourist destinations, products, and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities, or age. Look for disability organizations or resources at your destination that can provide you with area-specific information as well as local contacts.
The Disabled World disability travel section covers reviews of accessible tours, vacations, and cruises for persons with disabilities, including wheelchair accessible accommodation reviews and articles about interesting places to visit or vacation around the world.
This section also includes an additional 75 publications relating to Disability Travel Information including:
Our holiday travel destinations include travel tips for those traveling with disabilities or health conditions. Many of these travel articles have been written by Disabled World members who wanted to share their traveling experiences with other readers in the hope they will be of assistance to others with disabilities who may be thinking of traveling locally or abroad.
Directional signs to world cities on a wooden pole by the palm tree at Long Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos Islands.
What is Accessible Tourism?
Accessible Tourism, as defined by Darcy and Dickson (2009, p34);
- Accessible tourism is the ongoing endeavor to ensure tourist destinations, products, and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities, or age.
- Accessible tourism encompasses publicly and privately owned tourist locations.
- Accessible tourism enables people with access requirements, including mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive dimensions of access, to function independently and with equity and dignity through the delivery of universally designed tourism products, services, and environments.
This definition is inclusive of all people, including those traveling with children in prams, people with disabilities and seniors.
Noting the obstacles that persons with disabilities, or those with other access requirements, face in taking advantage of fundamental aspects of travel, senior United Nations (UN) officials urge policy-makers, travel planners and companies that work with persons with disabilities to work together to make travel more accessible.
Specific problems often encountered by the disabled tourist when trying to book a holiday, scenic tours, and accommodation can include:
- Lack of well-adapted hotel rooms
- Lack of accessible airport transfer
- Lack of wheelchair accessible vehicles
- Lack of accessible restaurants, bars, etc.
- Inaccessible, or only partly accessible, websites
- Lack of adapted toilets in restaurants and public places
- Inaccessible streets (cars parking on the sidewalk, etc.)
- Lack of professional staff capable of informing and advising about accessibility issues
- Lack of disability equipment (wheelchairs, bath chairs, toilet raisers, electric scooters)
- Lack of reliable information about a specific attraction's level of accessibility (church, castle, exhibition, etc.)
Disability Travel Tips
- Bicycle shops are great places for wheelchair replacement parts.
- Learn foreign vocabulary that can help you describe your situation and needs.
- Consider getting travel insurance. Make sure that it covers pre-existing conditions.
- Bring plenty, even extra, of any medications that you take. Make sure that all medicines are allowed in the country you're visiting.
- Look for disability organizations or resources at your destination that can provide you with area-specific information as well as local contacts.
- If you use an electric wheelchair, look into whether you'll need a plug adapter and a voltage converter. Or see whether you can rent a battery charger abroad. Have a contingency plan if power outages or voltage drops.
- Have a backup plan, including your accommodation. In case your reserved accessible room isn't available, bring along items such as a portable ramp, a shower chair and a reacher to grab items that may be beyond arm's length.
- Know your rights. This is particularly important for airline travel, at the airport and on the plane. Familiarize yourself with applicable laws and airline regulations. Inform the airline of your situation and make assistance requests in advance.
- Understand cultural differences. You may get more, or less, attention in other countries than you would in the United States. Then again, Roth-Vinson says, you may stand out more as an American than as a wheelchair user or a blind person.
- Major Airline Travel Tips for Travelers with Disabilities - Jessica Padykula - (2015-02-12)
- Tips to Make Traveling with a Disability Easier - Helen Hecker - (2008-12-24)
- Wheelchair Travel Tips - J.D. - (2010-07-01)
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